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WEED MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

WHEAT

What to consider when changing your establishment system

Farmers looking to change their establishment system are attracted by the promises of improved weed control and cheaper cultivations; however, getting it wrong can prove to be a costly mistake.…

WHEAT

Q&A: Tips on using anaerobic digestate as a fertiliser

Using anaerobic digestate to feed arable crops can save farmers up to £110/ha on bagged fertiliser costs. However, there are many rules on its application. Getting it wrong will not…

SOILS

How to stop soil erosion in maize crops next season

Avoiding costly soil erosion and nutrient leaching from growing maize is a year-long endeavour beginning with correct field selection and ending with careful winter stubble management. Improving soil structure can…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

SOILS

Farmer Focus: Arable farming is becoming even riskier

With harvest behind us, it’s been time to roll the dice again for another year. The cropping mix remains broadly unchanged with the usual 80:20 split between autumn and spring…

SOILS

Farmer Focus: Yield increases will come from organic matter

I recently visited a farm in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As you can imagine, their challenges are enormous but, amazingly, their limitations to yield are the same…

SOILS

Farmer Focus: Return to mixed farming for better soils

Harvest was finally completed on 6 October to finish what could be described as an average to good season. A period of settled weather since has allowed us to complete…

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Case studies

SOILS

Beef cattle improve soil health on Notts arable farm

Nottinghamshire farmer Trevor Needham is successfully using beef cattle to improve the health of his hungry sandland soils, lifting cereal yields in the process. Bringing grass leys into the rotation…

WHEAT

How one farmer slashed fertiliser and fungicide use in wheat

The cost of wheat disease control has been rocketing over recent years, with some farms now using five or even six fungicide applications to protect yield. Unhappy with being dragged down…

SOILS

Farm’s self-imposed insecticide ban sees healthier crops

John Cherry has not used insecticides on his Hertfordshire farm for three years with no drop in yields as he has encouraged a host of natural predators to feed on…

WHEAT

How a min-till approach can improve soil health

A change to the cultivations policy has helped a Shropshire farming estate save both time and money, while also improving the condition of its soils. The previous plough and power…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

3 grower-led trials that will benefit arable farms

More than 30 groups of farmers are carrying out their own research in the Innovative Farmers initiative, on topics ranging from electrical weeding to improving soil health. Richard Allison picks…

WHEAT

How US farmers are tackling pollution in the Gulf of Mexico

Nutrient run-off from agricultural land is being blamed for the vast oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and farmers have responded by adopting measures more commonly seen in…

WHEAT

Why phosphate fertiliser use on crops may have to change

Current best-practice strategies for phosphate fertiliser use in arable crops are based on feeding the soil to feed the crop, rather than the crop. As a result, the guidance in…

WHEAT

Expert advice on managing soils better

Soil health has risen to the top of the agenda for the agricultural industry over recent years. At the recent Farmers Weekly Soils in Practice event on a Lincolnshire farm,…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

AHDB Strategic Farm to analyse cost benefits of new research

A Warwickshire farmer aims to spend the next six years testing and demonstrating the latest research across 12 fields with a range of soil types and weed challenges, as well…

SUGAR BEET

Video: Sugar beet drilling starts as growers play catch-up

Sugar beet drilling is racing ahead between the rain showers on light land with one Suffolk Brecklands estate looking to catch up from its latest start in more than a…

SOILS

New soil management and fertiliser rules take effect

Farmers in England are reminded that rules were introduced on 2 April to tackle the problem of diffuse pollution and improve water quality. There are eight new “farming rules for…

SOILS

First Irish host among AHDB's six new monitor farms

Arable farmers in Northern Ireland are set to benefit from the AHDB’s Monitor Farm initiative after it announced the first ever Irish farmer among the six new additions. The AHDB…

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Test and reviews

TECHNOLOGY

High-tech soil scanner delivers margin boosting data

The latest sensing technology to hit British shores is providing the data required to improve soil management and target inputs more efficiently than ever before. A handful of companies have…

TRACTORS

New tractor tyre technology offers 18% more traction

The tyre designer’s job, it seems, is never done. As tractors continue to gain power and weight to meet farmer demand for greater performance, new tyre designs are needed to…

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Video

SUGAR BEET

Video: Sugar beet drilling starts as growers play catch-up

Sugar beet drilling is racing ahead between the rain showers on light land with one Suffolk Brecklands estate looking to catch up from its latest start in more than a…

WHEAT

Video: The plan that battered blackgrass in 12 months

Three Cambridgeshire growers are fighting back against a heavy yield penalty imposed by blackgrass with a new establishment system and have seen a dramatic turnaround in just 12 months. Declining…

WHEAT

Video: How to sample your soil for analysis

The quieter winter months are a prime time to get a snapshot of the state of soils and consider any adjustments to maximise fertility and crop potential. Unlike most other…

SOILS

Video: No-till wins over grower to direct-drilling

New to no-till grower Richard Boldan is driving forward his plans to convert to a reduced cultivation system for a more sustainable future, with ambitions to grow more spring crops and establish…

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